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Friday, May 13, 2016

DARWIN ON BIRDS, A QUEER ARCHIVE and much more via Oxford University Press


OUPblog - "Charles Darwin's observations on migratory birds" plus more...

Charles Darwin's observations on migratory birds

Charles Darwin's five year voyage aboard H. M. S. Beagle and subsequent life work are as widely known as any events in the history of the biological sciences. His wide ranging bird work has been overshadowed by drab small birds he discovered in the Galapagos Islands–the Galapagos, or Darwin's, finches. Legend has persisted that these birds provided his first insight into the origin of species by natural selection during his voyage. They didn't, but birds called...

Listening to the Queer Archive — a conversation with Marion Wasserbauer

The current issue of the OHR invites diverse authors to share their experiences listening to and learning from LGBTQ lives. This week, we bring you a short interview with one of the contributors, Marion Wasserbauer, whose article "'That's What Music Is About—It Strikes a Chord': Proposing a Queer Method of Listening to the Lives and Music of LGBTQs" suggests that music is an integral tool for listening deeply to a narrator's voice.
On her project website,,...

Understanding dementia

Dementia, from the Latin demens, is a persistent disorder of the mental processes marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. It affects 47.5 million people worldwide, and there are 7.7 million new cases annually. This year's Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May 2016) aims to bring recognition and awareness to this neurological illness. To mark this significant event, led by Alzheimer's Society UK, we have created a reading list of journal articles, books,...

Mental health in older age [infographic]

All over the world, populations are changing. People are living longer, and older people are forming a larger part of the global population. Baby boomers are retiring and improved health care has extended life expectancy. Meanwhile, as young people move to cities or abroad, more older adults live alone or without social support. Without a doubt, this ageing population will have far-reaching impacts on the world.
Every generation faces new obstacles to health and well-being as they age....

Labour and the legacy of antisemitism

We are currently living through a period when "antisemitism" seems to be on the rise in Europe, and is now a hot topic of debate in Britain, because of a few clumsy statements by some prominent Labour politicians (along with a very few statements that do appear to have an actual antisemitic animus). Both in Britain and in the United States the leaders of the BDS movement (Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions) are frequently assailed as being antisemitic because of their being against Israeli...

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